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First Look: Samsung's Android-powered Galaxy Camera

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First Look: Samsung's Android-powered Galaxy Camera

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The Samsung Galaxy Camera is an excellent device, but it's tough to reconcile its photo quality with its price.

Hey there, I'm Josh Goldman, senior editor with CNET and this is a at the Samsung galaxy camera, which is basically a point-and-shoot camera that similar to Samsung's WB 850F with a 21X zoom lens and a 16-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor. But instead of just a camera operating system, you get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the option to add AT&T 4G data service. Those things give you access to a world of Android apps and the ability to share your photos and movie clips on the go. You also get these huge 4.8-inch HD touchscreen that's not only handy for framing your shots, but the extra space is really nice for viewing and editing or doing just about anything else that you can do with other Android devices and it even has a headphone jack on the side. Shooting modes range from full manual and semi-manual to full auto plus there are a lot of options in between. For example, there's a best face shot, which shall take a burst of 5 pictures and then let you pick the face that works best for the people in your shot. Overall, though, what I really like is that the camera doesn't feel separate from the OS. It's a cohesive experience that other camera makers probably couldn't pull off. That's it. Its photo quality is no better than a good point-and-shoot and its battery life isn't great. And with the price of about $500 without a data plan, it's a tough sell unless you really need to shoot and share immediately and want the benefits of a better lens and sensors then you'll get in the Smartphone. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Samsung Galaxy camera.

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